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Review – Crowded #9 (Image Comics)

Crowded #9
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Summary

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artists: Ro Stein & Ted Brandt
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Cardinal Rae
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: September 4th, 2019

Crowded #9 brings with it a heist, personal drama, and some creative uses of the Reapr campaign. But there are still 3 weeks left…

 

Crowded #9 Makes Time for a Heist

Charlotte and Vita’s story continues in Crowded #9, only this time they seem to be taking the offensive. For those not following along, Charlotte is the victim of a Reapr campaign—a crowdfunding site for assassinations. And Vita is the only bodyguard brave (or dumb) enough to take on the case.

This series has been a pretty chaotic ride, and the ninth issue is no exception. On the bright side, we seem to actually be learning a bit more about Charlotte’s life before she met Vita. We’re that much closer to understanding why so many people wanted her dead.

Crowded #9 (Image Comics) cover A by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt
Crowded #9 (Image Comics) cover A by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt

This issue sort of breaks the pattern from the last several, but in a good way. Our ladies are being more take-charge, which might be exactly what they need to survive this mess. After all, the last eight issues of the series only covered a week, and they still have three more to go. That’s less than ideal when you put it like that.

Writing

There’s no doubt in my mind that Christopher Sebela has been having so much fun writing this series. And Crowded #9 might well have been the most fun to write—so far. The issue is chaotic and full of dramatic moments. But it’s also balanced out with character development, revelations, and intrigue.

It probably goes without saying that there’s a ton that happens in this issue. There would have to be, in order to fit that many layers within. This issue has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, a couple of cool moments (which I’m going to credit to Vita; sorry, Charlotte), and maybe one or two moments that’ll leave readers concerned. Mostly because we know nothing good can come from it.

Sebela managed to balance out the drama with the action in this issue. It has a lot of high moments, but the growing feeling of something about to go wrong keeps things from getting out of hand. And let’s be honest here: when Charlotte is involved, things are bound to go wrong.

And of course, let’s not ignore the absolutely amazing reference made within these pages. I won’t spoil it for readers, but I will say that it’s clear that Sebela is a Die Hard fan, and I kind of love him for that.

Art

Like the writing, the artwork in Crowded #9 was a ton of fun. There was a ton of action in this issue, which means plenty of dramatic poses and panels to be drawn. Some of the panels were more comical, naturally. But the rest were fairly striking.

Vita absolutely stole the show, visually speaking. She got a ton of amazing scenes and poses, which makes sense, given her job as the bodyguard and overall badass. Charlotte got to have some in some of these scenes as well, but she looked more manic that cool (and there’s no doubt that this was done with intention).

This issue had a decently sized artist team to support it, which makes a ton of sense. Ro Stein and Ted Brandt were the artists for this issue, with Triona Farrell providing the amazing colors. And Cardinal Rae provided the lettering.

Conclusion

Crowded #9 was a blast, full of chaos, destruction, and character development. Some of the changes will leave fans concerned about what happens next, while other events will have them cheering along.

This series is clearly getting ready to put our team on the offensive, and that means that things are about to get crazier than ever. I can’t wait to see what happens next.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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